Bio Mimi Marcellou
Mimi Marcellou is a bilingual (English Greek) naturalized Greek American and a U.S. trained physiotherapist. Received a BSc in physical therapy from New York University (1991) and an advanced master’s degree from Long Island University in Orthopedics & Sports Physiotherapy (1996).
Early in her career, she worked at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York where she became a senior orthopedic physical therapy specialist and became eligible for the in-house scholarship program for pursuing an advanced master’s degree at LIU.
Later in her career and while still in New York, she joined a partnership in private practice and achieved professional growth as an associate, clinician and executive director of Hands-On Physical Therapy Private Practice Corporation managing the NYC offices.
Her involvement in “Women’s Health Physical Therapy” under Elizabeth Noble, founder of the “Women’s Health Physical Therapy” section of the “American Physical Therapy Association” goes back to almost three decades, in 1993.
Her marriage to a Greek in 1997 was the initiative for relocating in Greece and starting her own practice, equipped with all the solid professional experience which over time she had accumulated in hospital and physical therapy private practice centers in New York (USA), as a physical therapist in all-demanding positions of responsibility namely as executive director, senior staff in rehabilitation, hospital and clinical education instructor and part-time lecturer in Physical Therapy at New York University, to mention but a few.
Currently, Ms. Marcellou is the co-founder of the Physical Therapy Center “Physical Therapy Praxis” in Athens Greece, which is the base of her professional activities to date. She mainly takes interest in the areas of musculoskeletal conditions and women’s health physical therapy, while addressing all other issues and conditions. Her clinical work focuses on the treatment of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in elite women athletes as well as in all women and men.
In addition, together with her business partner Foteini Lagari, they have jointly founded the pre/post natal physical therapy program “M.A.M.A.” which follows the guidelines of the “International Organization of Physical Therapy for Women’s Health” and “Pelvic Floor Act” a pelvic floor dysfunction physiotherapy program for women and men.
Pursuing new learning is a never ending process and endeavor for her and under this spectrum she attended the «Pelvic Obstetric & Gynecological Physiotherapy courses» of the “Charted Society of Physiotherapy, UK” following which her and her business partner introduced the hosting of the POGP courses in Greece to ignite the motivation for a thorough PF education process in this part of Europe.
For many years she had been collaborating with “TENA, S.C.A.” hygienic company in Greece and that is how she had the opportunity to meet in person with Professor Kari Bø, the internationally renowned Norwegian physical therapist, researcher of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, who has visited Greece more than once as their private practice guest in programmed workshops.
Professor Kari Bø is currently the supervisor of her doctorate attempt as well as a friend.
Simultaneously with her professional activities and commitments she has served in the PPTA (Panhellenic Physiotherapists' Association) as a chapter leader and sports physio coordinator and to this day she continues to offer her services in various positions in scientific conference committees. She has also been an elite athlete and was appointed by the Athens Organizing Committee of the 2004 Olympic Games operations manager of the Medical Services department on the grounds of both her scientific training and her professional expertise. Ms. Marcellou holds special interest in the female athlete and the pelvic floor dysfunctions related to womanship during all phases of life and ageing.